The latest Covid-19 figures for Scotland show three more confirmed coronavirus patients have died, bringing the total number of deaths under that measure to 2,505.
A total of 24,126 people have tested positive for coronavirus – an increase of 350 from the day before.
This comes just one day after Nicola Sturgeon warned “hard but necessary” decisions may be needed in the coming days to prevent another national lockdown.
The First Minister said coronavirus “could get out of our grip again” as Scotland faces the risk of “exponential growth” of Covid-19.
She said this weekend will be “critical” to how the Government plots a way forward, and added she wanted to give the nation “advanced notice” that the “coming days are likely to see some hard but necessary decisions”.
Students at St Andrews University were asked on Friday night to enter a voluntary weekend lockdown, to help avoid another national lockdown.
St Andrews principal Professor Sally Mapstone urged all students to remain in their rooms as much as possible from 7pm on Friday.
In a message to students, Prof Mapstone said: “It is now very clear that rates of Covid infection are surging again in various parts of this country, and it is very likely that we are very close to a form of further national lockdown.
“The First Minister of Scotland has today spoken of the urgent need to interrupt the chain of transmission of the virus.
“In these circumstances, I am writing to all of our students to ask you to please observe a voluntary lockdown this weekend, effective from 7pm this evening.”